Journal article

Post-fire hillslope erosion response in a sub-alpine environment, south-eastern Australia

HG Smith, D Dragovich

CATENA | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2008

Abstract

This paper examines post-fire erosion response in a sub-alpine environment in south-eastern Australia for a period of 2.2 years. Few studies have examined fire impacts on sediment transfer in this environment. Erosion pins were used in grids located at upper, mid and lower slope positions on adjacent burnt and unburnt hillslopes to assess fire effects on the extent of surface level change. The results indicated that there was a significant difference between the surface level change regimes on the burnt and unburnt hillslopes. Estimated erosion rates for the burnt slope over the study period ranged from 2.7 to 94.3 t ha- 1, which could be considered low given the high slope angles, high prec..

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